File picture of Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

An ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the European Central Bank and its president Mario Draghi in a rare public attack, telling Bild n(...)

Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

A century after the Asgard sailed into Howth harbour with a shipment of 900 Mauser rifles, German arms are as popular as ever. Too popular, if you ask(...)

German benefits and interior minister Thomas de Maizière (left) said he wanted to end the phenomenon of new arrivals unable to speak the language, submitting word-perfect applications for a trading licence and later, welfare payments. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German fears of being flooded by so-called “welfare tourists” from eastern Europe were dismissed as overblown yes(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with former  agriculture minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, whom she fired  last Friday after he admitted telling the Social Democratic Party – but not her – last year that one of its MPs had been named in a swoop on a Canadian child pornography ring. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the first crisis of her third term with her(...)

German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic party (CDU) Angela Merkel (R) and the head of the Christian Social party (CSU) Horst Seehofer. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are pushing for Berlin to join efforts to prune back EU regulations and (...)

In  her new year’s television address this week, German chancellor Angela Merkel told  viewers she was anxious to see the EU work through its to-do list ahead of May’s European election, demonstrating greater “readiness to put into practice what we have resolved to do”. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s new year’s resolution, she told German television viewers this week, was the same as every year: to get more fresh air.But German neig(...)

A couple kiss goodbye next to a bus departing from the  central bus station in the Bulgarian capital Sofia this morning for  London via Austria, Germany and France. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Bulgaria

Germany’s governing coalition is squabbling over calls to restrict welfare payments to European immigrants as Europe’s labour markets open to Romanian(...)

Germany’s new coalition
  • Europe
  • December 16, 2013, 01:00

The overwhelming vote by almost 400,000 members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) in favour of a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Dem(...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)

Angela Merkel: approved a coalition pact this week that strengthens workers’ rights, introduces a minimum wage, augments pension rights, and further bolsters regulation in the housing market. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It took five weeks to negotiate, including a final, 17-hour session that ended on Wednesday morning, and runs to 185 pages but the coalition deal agre(...)